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« on: January 10, 2013 12:34:50 PM »

We love candles in this house...I mean LOVE. Being me, I didn't want to throw away the jars. Some candles come in some amazing looking jars that can be reused! So I looked up how to do it and it is super easy!


(I know that they are two different candles but you get the idea)

First you put the candle in the freezer for at least an hour. This will shrink the wax and make it easier to remove. After you take it out, get a butter knife or something else with a dull tip that will not break and start breaking up the wax. Next, put some baby oil on a cotton ball and wipe the inside of it. This will remove the film left by the candle. Then just was and there you go! Something else to use for storage or an art project!

Oh yea, if you are into making candles or would like to, you can save these bits of wax to use
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« Reply #1 on: January 11, 2013 11:55:06 AM »

I like the idea of putting it in the freezer to help remove the bulk of the wax.

I have found the putting them through the dishwasher after the majority of wax is gone works really well.  Of course, the container has to be "dishwasher safe" to start!  It gets all of that nasty stuff (wax, soot, fingerprints...) off, both inside and outside.  If it's really, really bad, I sometimes let it run through twice.
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« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2013 01:46:27 PM »

I light the wick for a few minutes, until the wax softens.  Then I use a butter knife to scrape out the wax.  Washing it with the scrubbie I use on my regular dishes, along with dish detergent, has worked every time.
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« Reply #3 on: January 15, 2013 04:52:11 PM »

All great ideas for reusing the containers. Thanks for sharing!
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« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2013 05:13:29 PM »

Great idea for removing the was from the jars!  I re-use the wax in my hot wax burner!
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« Reply #5 on: August 10, 2013 07:40:16 AM »

We love candles in this house...I mean LOVE. Being me, I didn't want to throw away the jars. Some candles come in some amazing looking jars that can be reused! So I looked up how to do it and it is super easy!

I take the glass with pliers and hold it in a pan of hot water, then scoop out the wax and clean the rest out with paper towels. After that, put the glass in the pan with hot water with a lot of shower gel or washing liquid and, using pliers, brush it with an old toothbrush.
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2014 11:15:23 AM »

When you refill your glass holder, put a little bit of water in the bottom of the holder (about 1/8" or so) and then drop your new candle in. The leftover wax at the bottom will just pop right out when you pry it slightly with a knife.
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